Stories

Free Rein

Free Rein

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1960s

My first experience with the ROM was in the mid 60’s when my brother and I participated in the Saturday Morning Club.  What is interesting is I have no recollection of adults being part of our experience.  I remember having free rein of the museum galleries and it being simply great.  Now.. I...

Early Group Photo

Early Group Photo

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1910s

The guards had to dust the displays before opening the museums. Some of the men did double duty because they were skilled glaziers and fine carpenters. All we know of Miss Hand was that she wrote a letter asking to be allowed a lunch break. I am grateful to whoever had the idea of recording this...

Funding Renaissance ROM

Funding Renaissance ROM

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2000s

William Thorsell credits the people and the climate that made the project possible for the ROM and for Toronto. 

A Special Place

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1930s

I've always considered the Royal Ontario Museum a "home away from home". When I was very young in the 1930's, my uncle, Eric McDougall, who was an assistant in the "stuffed animal" (as I knew it then) gallery on the third floor, would bring me there each year to watch...

The Multiplicity of Possible Voices

The Multiplicity of Possible Voices

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2010s

In the opinion of Dan Rahimi, the ROM as an institution has evolved. He uses the example of a new book to illustrate what the future can bring.

Volunteer Fun

Volunteer Fun

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2000s

I used to work as a volunteer in the ROM's Hands On Biodiversity Gallery in the early 2000s. I always loved coming to the Gallery and seeing the honey bees busily working away in their hive. I also greatly enjoyed working with the artifacts in the Gallery and educating visitors about nature...

A Director Remembers: Highs and Lows

A Director Remembers: Highs and Lows

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1980s

Jim Cruise tells about some ups and downs. The Queen's visit was a peak experience. In the Georgian Canada exhibition, which artifact did she like the best?

The Bishop White Committee

The Bishop White Committee

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1960s

Louise Hawley Stone founds the Bishop White Committee, which still exists. It was the prototype for "Friends of...." various departments. Every year there is a festive banquet (a few teacups are on view here) and an inspiring speaker. This is just one of Mrs. Stone's many...

Planetarium Closes

Planetarium Closes

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1990s

The Planetarium closes with layoffs. There is a public outcry, but attendance has been falling and the equipment is 25 years old. The Director speaks about it as a "low point".

Campaign for Gallery Development

Campaign for Gallery Development

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1980s

Serious fundraising for galleries begins with a target of $40 million. The Royal Terrace Club is established for donors. (It became the Royal Patrons' Circle in 1999)